AWWA 2017 American Water Scholarship Presented to University of North Carolina Doctoral Student
VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and
wastewater utility company, today announced that Alma Beciragic, a
doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has
been chosen as the recipient of the American
Water Works Association (AWWA) 2017 American Water Scholarship.
The scholarship is an annual award of $5,000 presented to a graduate
level student to assist with the development of professionals interested
in service to the water industry.
"American Water is pleased to present this prestigious award to Alma,
who was selected among 54 outstanding applicants," said Dr. Mark
LeChevallier, vice president and chief science advisor, and member of
the award selection committee. "Not only is Alma an exceptional scholar,
she has the credibility to take on a future leadership role in the
stewardship of environmental protection. We are honored to help advance
her drinking water research studies."
Alma was selected for this scholarship due to her exceptional academic
abilities, outstanding character, community and outreach experience and
dedication to contribute to the advancement of science in the field of
drinking water. Her current research is focused on examining membrane
systems to treat impaired water sources to produce high-quality drinking
Alma was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and came to the United States as a
refugee in 1994. In June 2010, she was awarded a presidential
scholarship to attend Queens University of Charlotte. During her time
there, she studied environmental science and chemistry, and participated
in numerous research projects on federal and local levels.
Alma worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Geodetic Survey Remote Sensing Division on shoreline
uncertainty visualization. She also worked with Charlotte Water on
various continuous improvement projects studying climate change
adaptability, fleet fuel efficiency, and business cost minimization. In
May 2014, she graduated as salutatorian, and is now is pursuing a Ph.D.
in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill as an EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR)
Administered by AWWA, American Water's Scholarship is currently the only
one offered by a water utility among the Association's 16 active
scholarships. For more information about AWWA scholarships, visit http://www.awwa.org/membership/get-involved/student-center/awwa-scholarships.aspx.
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most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater
utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated
professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people
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